DOJ Files Motion to US Supreme Court, Questions Decision Favoring Microsoft

The latest news reports online talk about the reaction of the Supreme Court of America after learning the decision of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruling, which favor giant software company, Microsoft.

The US Supreme Court is set to review the request from the Department of Justice (DOJ) to reverse the handed decision by the Second Circuit.

The DOJ continue to battle against Microsoft, regarding the issue that stored data from their servers in Ireland, which the federal investigators had discovered. According to the report through rt.com, the law enforcement of America is having trouble reaching the stored data from abroad due to the protection of Microsoft and does not permit access.

From the submitted appeal on Friday as quoted by the news online, the DOJ is arguing that the Court of Appeals Second ruling “has created a regime where electronic communication service providers… can thwart legitimate and important criminal and national security investigations.”

The argument between the DOJ and Microsoft started back in 2013 when the American government issued a warrant against the giant software maker, which has then linked to the ongoing investigation of the criminal narcotics because the government wanted to seize the stored data of a specific customer who has an active Microsoft email.

 

Unfortunately, the popular software company refused to submit the needed data with connection to the investigated email account of the customer. Since then, both parties had gone through legal dispute in the courthouse about the stored data from the company’s Ireland-based servers.

Last June, the DOJ made a decision to file a motion to bring the lawsuit to the US Supreme Court already.

 

In a statement presented by the DOJ as quoted through thehill.com, it explained that, “The panel reached that unprecedented holding by reasoning that such a disclosure would be an extraterritorial application of the Act — even though the warrant requires disclosure in the United States of information that the provider can access domestically with the click of a computer mouse.”

This particular argument likewise caught the attention of some lawmakers in Washington, wherein they debated about the plan to update the existing laws in the country when it comes to data privacy as well as law enforcement procedure in accessing stored data from other nations, when necessary.

If ever the US Supreme Court will agree to review and hear the lawsuit, it is possible that any decision it hands will make a huge impact on how tech companies need to keep their data and on how they permit the law enforcement to access such data from them.

Should there is not firm decision from the higher court to reverse the lawsuit; the Congress may pursue its plan to modify the almost 3-decade privacy law.

In line with this issue, the giant software maker already responded to the request of the DOJ. As written by Brad Smith through a blog post and quoted by The Hill online, he said that, “We will continue to press our case in court that the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) — a law enacted decades before there was such a thing as cloud computing — was never intended to reach within other countries’ borders.”

Smith added in his post that, “If U.S. law enforcement can obtain the emails of foreigners stored outside the United States, what’s to stop the government of another country from getting your emails even though they are located in the United States?” He continued saying, “We believe that people’s privacy rights should be protected by the laws of their own countries and we believe that information stored in the cloud should have the same protections as paper stored in your desk.”

The 1986 Electronics Communications Privacy Act states that a service provider need to disclose any electronic communication to the legitimate agency of the government when it needs to investigate potential criminals.

Yahoo Revealed 2013 Data Breach Affected its 3BN Email Users

From the latest shared news reports online, search engine company Yahoo revealed that it is possible that the stolen email accounts back in 2013 caused by the data breach might be 3 times than what it has reported before.

Yahoo revealed on Tuesday that the affected email account holders are approximately three billion accounts, which it announced before that the estimated stolen e-mails are two billion.

The recent announcement of the parent company of Yahoo revealed that the announced affected email accounts back in 2013 might increased in their latest estimation. According from the news through Reuters, the search engine company said it is possible that the compromised emails affected its 3 billion users.

This estimation came out after the investigation about the data breach in 2013.

The popular search engine company said last year that over one million email accounts had been part of the breach, which they considered the biggest data breach problem worldwide in history.

From the statement of the company last December, it said that “names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords (using MD5) and, in some cases, encrypted or encrypted security questions and answers.”

The investigation however failed to conclude if the hackers successfully acquired the payment card data, clear text or bank account passwords of the involved users.

On the other hand, Yahoo just recently announced that they already resolved the data breach problem last year after taking the necessary actions for them to provide the exact security to their valued users. Right after learning about the breach that time, they also required the users to immediately replace their password and use security questions to make sure nobody can access their registered accounts.

Verizon Communications is now the owner of Yahoo after its acquisition last June with the amount of $4.48 billion. It also revealed that they had been working with some forensic professionals in investigating the breach and likewise has “new intelligence” to make sure the same problem will not happen again, the news added.

Verizon had combined the popular search engine with AOL as a new company recognized as Oath.

Yahoo is continuously making an effort to notify the other two billion users about the problem, just like what it did from the initial one billion account holders.

 

From the statement of Chandra McMahon as detailed through Financial Times, said that Verizon the decision to invest in acquiring Yahoo means improving its security and so that they can provide better experience to all their valid users.

 

“We proactively work to ensure the safety and security of our users and networks in an evolving landscape of online threats,” said McMahon in her statement as quoted by rt.com.

McMahon is Verizon Communication’s chief information security officer.

Yahoo released its latest statement about the affected billions of users after the Congress grilled the former boss of Equifax, which is a popular credit reporting company that experienced a huge data breach few months ago. Equifax admitted that about 142 million of people in the United States are part of the breach and possible compromised their credit card information, Social Security numbers and other important data.

Equifax had been investigation about the issue to determine the exact hackers.

Last March, there is conducted internal investigation proving that the senior executives of the company failed to investigate or comprehend properly.

According to the filed regulatory through the Securities and Exchange Commission, it stated that “The information security team understood that the attacker had exfiltrated copies of user database backup files containing the personal data of Yahoo users but it is unclear whether…exfiltration was effectively communicated and understood outside the information security team.”

It is very important for Yahoo to explain its side further and appropriately because there are affected users who are revealing their worries about the real issue.